RealNetworks’ Streaming Media Patent: A Cause for Concern?

The general consensus is: yes and no…in other words, not yet, but could be. RealNetworks got a broad streaming media patent approved last week.
The official line from the company: RealNetworks considers the patent a value add to its negotiations with other companies that license RealNetworks’ technology (not competing technologies). In particular, RealNetworks will use the patent to help sell its Helix media server product, which streams audio and video in multiple formats.

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